14mins Sinnott shot 0-1
Half time: Newcastle 0 Toffees 1
65mins Doninger header 1-1
81mins Ranger shot 2-1
Full time: Newcastle 2 Toffees 1
Richard Money commented:
“I thought it was the best reserve game of the season - both teams
played really well on a lively pitch and it was a great advert for young British
“We’ve shown real character to come from
a goal down, and it was a bit more than just fighting qualities – we showed
quality throughout. We played with purpose and drive, and there was
determination and real quality about us.
“Mark Doninger has got us back in it with
a well-timed run and put in a good header. He’s played his part, as everybody
“I thought Nile Ranger led the line
terrifically well – both he and Wesley Ngo Baheng caused them problems. It’s
nice to see him score with a left-foot finish because it’s something we’ve
been working on. He tucked it away really well – we think he needs to work on
his left hand side. In fairness to him he’s working on it and it was a good
Nile Ranger added:
"We kept battling on a hard pitch and we’re pleased with
the result. We were told at half-time not to stop because we were the better
team. I think we had the upper hand over Everton.
“It’s just one defeat since November so
we are on a very good run. I was delighted to score with my left foot. It’s
something I’ve been working on in training.
”“I am absolutely loving it up here. I didn’t expect to score this many,
but I’m glad that I have.
“The team is on a roll at the moment and
long may it continue. The lads have all worked hard and we’re second in the
reserve league - that’s really good for the lads and good for the club
“The coaching staff have done a good job,
we have the momentum and everything is really good.
“I will just keep my feet on the ground
and work hard. That’s all I can do.
”I was delighted to win the Wor Jackie award. I’ll be honest, I didn’t
know much about Jackie Milburn before the award, but Jimmy Nelson at the Academy
told me all about it and I have been studying the history of the club.
“I have read a few things and I know that
he is such a legend and there is such a massive history to this club. It is a
real honour for me to win it, especially in my first season.”
There may have been an element of fortune about
his goal away to Hull last week, but there was no dispute tonight as Mark
Doninger found the net again for the reserves.
The United midfielder netted for a fourth consecutive fixture and has now scored
six times in that spell, making it nine goals so far this season in all
competitions. Doninger's 65th minute equaliser was reward for an improved second half display
by Richard Money's side, who had faltered badly and trailed at the interval.
Everton led thanks 14th minute effort from defender Cory Sinnott, who stabbed a
low shot past Tim Krul, after Eunan O'Kane's free kick from the left wasn't
United's only worthwhile reply came four minutes before the break when winger
Jonny Godsmark hit the target from a narrow angle, but saw his effort cleared
off the line.
Level after Doninger headed in James Tavernier's right wing cross, the Magpies
went in search of a winner and Frank Danquah warmed the hands of Toffees 'keeper
Iain Turner with a fierce effort on 78 minutes.
Godsmark also came close again before Nile Ranger ended his own personal lean
spell in front of goal, bursting forward on 81 minutes to slide the ball under
PS: In attendance at the game - although not coaching from the bench - was Peter
Beardsley, who has now apparently returned to coaching duties at Academy
/reserve level for the club.